Press TV: Trump’s travel ban aimed at spreading Islamophobia


US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries was aimed at spreading Islamophobia and demonizing Muslims, an American scholar says.

“He essentially ran as an anti-Islam candidate,” said Kevin Barrett, an author and political commentator in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Trump is kind of the arch-Islamophobe and it’s clear that his travel ban was designed to target Muslims and it was designed to whip up hatred of Muslims among an element of the US population that has been brainwashed,” Barrett told Press TV on Tuesday.

Trump has pursued close ties with Saudi Arabia and has not included Saudi citizens in the travel ban, despite Riyadh’s widespread support of terrorism around the world and direct involvement in the 9/11 attacks, Barrett said.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court partially reinstated Trump’s controversial travel ban on 6 Muslim-majority countries.

The top US court announced that it would hear arguments on the legality of Trump’s executive order in the court’s next term, which starts in October.

According to the ruling, citizens of the six countries who do not have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in America would be denied entry, but people who can prove they have a relationship to a person or entity inside the US will be permitted to travel to the country.

Amnesty International condemned the ruling on Monday and urged the US Congress to nullify it.

“It’s always been crystal clear that this policy was based on discrimination. Reinstating any part of this ban could create chaos in the nation’s airports and tear families apart,” Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA executive director, said in a statement.

“This bigoted ban cannot be allowed to take effect again, and Congress needs to step in immediately to nullify it once and for all,” she wrote.

The travel ban was a signature policy of Trump’s first few months as president. During the 2016 presidential race, Trump campaigned for “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States.

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  1. First it was those damn Brits, then it was those damn Injuns, then it was those damn Confederates, then it was those damn Slaves, then it was those damn Mexicans, then it was those damn Injuns again, then it was those damn Germans, Japs, Itailians, Cubans, Russians, Immigrants, Blacks, Hispanics, Rednecks, Blacks again , zipper heads, gooks, and now Muslims. – One would thing that Americans might have caught on by now about all this governmental pre -occupation of hating in order to keep you focused on everything but the lies, theft and murder committed by all the governments in the US.

  2. this is more about blocking truth from entering than muslims because the banned nations are the worst hit by US adventurism for israel…..I propose free rolling concerts with top musicians of international recognition asked to step forward to take part for the people before profit….making a stand not just a show, in support of Tulsi Gabbards bill placed before Congress Stop the Financing of Terrorist Act the bill that only one out of 100 has signed ……US allied nations join in concert until we reach the crecendo….where they will be forced to swallow the bitter pill of truth and sign the end of war and the beginning of peace….that is how important this is…every media outlet invited, their absence will be telling, if there were to be any interference with the concerts that would be telling too….all alternate media invited to get behind and air in support, if refused that would be telling too….. I believe in the best and that the best will be on offer

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